Taking a closer look in the interest of Zach Fulton and how it impacts the Texans offensive line
The Houston Texans have been reported to be one of the front runners for Zach Fulton’s services.
Recently hired general manager Bill Gaines and the Texans coaching staff have lost no time in looking to improve the offensive line that will protect Deshaun Watson for the years to come.
The Texans have a long road ahead of them with four starters hitting the free agency market:
Chris Clark left tackle
Bruno Giacomini right tackle
Xavier Su-a’filo left guard
*Greg Mancz center/guard
* Restricted Free Agent
One of the most interesting things I found during the Texans efforts to sign Zach Fulton is that he would become the third Kansas City Chief player to be with the Texans since Bill O’Brien took over head coaching duties.
The other two were offensive lineman Jeff Allen who remains in the roster since signing in 2016, and Jah Reid who was on the Texans roster last season for three weeks without ever playing a game for them.
The common theme that these three players brought to the table was their versatility.
Which is one of many virtues that O’Brien has always preached to his players and to the press when he lists what he wants in his roster.
Jah Reid played tackle and guard, and the same could be said for Jeff Allen who played both spots for the Texans throughout the season due to the myriad of injuries.
The Aftermath of the Offensive Line if Fulton Joins the Texans
The biggest takeaway with the Texans potentially signing Zach Fulton is that he is an interior offensive lineman that can play both center and guard.
Nick Martin seems to be entrenched as the starter at center, but Fulton could start at guard and provide invaluable depth at the center position.
Martin’s injuries are a slight concern, and adding Fulton to the roster could pay huge dividends down the road.
Adding Fulton could very well mean that Xavier Su’a-filo is not returning with the Texans.
Prior to joining the Texans, Jeff Allen’s best play at left guard before having to make the transition to right guard in Houston.
Allen could be one of the most benefited by this move with having the opportunity to move back to his original position with Fulton potentially starting at right guard.
This would be a good move for the Texans if they are able to land Zach Fulton at a reasonable price.